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Designer creates t-shirts one step at a time By Kristy Strauss

Emily Chen has gone from designing t-shirts for her high school band as a teenager, to using her artistic talent to give back in her adult years.

The Carlingwood resident has designed the t-shirts for CARE Canada’s annual Walk In Her Shoes event – a fundraiser that challenges participants to walk 8,000 steps over eight days, and represents how far women in developing countries

must walk each day for bare necessities. “This was a project that I thought was very cool and really worthwhile,” says Chen. “This cause hits home.” Continued on page 4

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Emily Brown (left) and Sandra Burell (right) have been assisting women achieve success since January 2011. Photo by Jennifer Baguss

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Sometimes clothes really do make the woman By Jennifer Baguss

Dress for Success Ottawa, located on Ross Avenue, is an international nonprofit organization providing economic independence for women. With a head office based in New York City, Dress for Success has over 120 affiliates throughout North America. Emily Brown, of Wellington Village, has been with the company since it opened in January of 2011. She oversees the Suiting Program at the boutique. “We provide suiting for women who are disadvantaged and looking for work,” says Brown. “We provide women with two outfits for interviews,” says Brown. “We get them in business suits or separates. We go head to toe; shoes, handbags, accessories and even makeup.” Dress for Success’s Kitchissippi location has also started a unique preemployment program. “We saw a need for it,” says Sandra Burelli, the co-ordinator of the Dress Rehearsal program. “We now provide workshops on resumes and cover letters,” says Burelli. “We pair a woman with an HR or hiring manager downtown and provide a mock interview,” says Burelli. “So women go through the whole process.” Since opening in 2011, Brown estimates Kitchissippi’s Dress for Success has suited over 450 women. “We work with job-ready women who are referred to us by various community organizations such as woman’s

shelters, victim services and community health centres,” says Brown. Dress for Success also offers women access to workshops and programs after finding employment. Each woman referred to Dress for Success receives lifetime access to the Professional Women’s Group. “We provide workshops in a variety of different areas,” says Burelli. “From surviving to thriving, managing money, getting out of debt, health and wellness and personal style.” “It’s a support source and networking source for all of these women who have been through the same things,” says Burelli. “It gives a sense of community.” Depending on donations from the community to run the boutique on Wellington, Dress for Success has set up two nights per month to accept donations - the first Monday evening of the month and the third Tuesday afternoon. Other than suits and blouses, Brown says the boutique looks for “camisoles to wear under suits. We also look for wide shoes and petite sizes, really anything that is business appropriate.” “We are also always accepting statement jewellery and new toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant and makeup,” says Brown. Dress for Success’s next donation day is Tuesday Mar. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visit dressforsuccess.org/ Ottawa for more information.

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It’s 8,000 steps Continued from page 1 The t-shirts will be worn by up to 1,200 participants. The artist has enjoyed arts and illustrating, stretching back to when she was young. As a graphic designer, Chen created her own t-shirts on the side starting in 2007 – selling them online and at craft shows. Chen has designed t-shirts for musicians like Kathleen Edwards, Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans. She has also used her drawing skills to give back to the Canadian Cancer Society. Chen and her sister decided to start the DAD (Drawing A Day) Project, when their father was battling cancer. The duo would take turns creating a drawing every day that they sold for the Canadian Cancer Society. When she looked into designing the t-shirts for Walk In Her Shoes, Chen looked at past t-shirt designs which featured high heel shoes. She felt like she could do something a little different this time around. “I don’t own a pair of stilettos and I can’t relate to that,” she says. Incorporating the high heel shoe idea, Chen provided CARE Canada with different proofs and designs. The final product included illustrations of all different types of shoes – using the CARE logo colours black, orange, red and white.

“I really liked how (the design) came across,” Chen said. She added that the feedback on the t-shirts have been great and that those who plan to participate have been happy with the design. “Even guys have been happy to wear it,” she said. Chen also said that while designing the t-shirts, the experience has reminded her how lucky she is to have access to clean water and basic necessities. “As a mother, I don’t know how

many times I wash my hands in a day,” she said. “I’ve thought about that and about what I would do if I had a finite amount of water.” While many started their challenge on International Women’s Day, on March 8, participants can choose to walk the 8,000 steps a day when and where it works for them. More information on Walk In Her Shoes is available at: care.ca.


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Children entering junior kinderarten at Devonshire school next year will likely be redirected to Connaught Public School for the 2013-14 school year. The majority of School Board Trustees supported the idea at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s Committee of the Whole Public Meeting on March 5. Trustees also voted that the Board authorize up to $200,000 to create and staff two additional full-day kindergarten classes at Connaught and that if “absolutely necessary,” portables be placed at Elmdale Public School. These expenses would cover 2013-14. The decisions come as part of the Near West Accommodation Review, where the Board is looking at short-and long-term solutions to address issues of overcrowding at Devonshire and Elmdale. The Near West Accommodation Review is expected to render a long-term solution in October 2013 for September 2014. As part of the short-term solution, another idea involved sending Grade 5-6 students from both schools to Fisher Park School when all-day kindergarten takes effect the following school year. However, trustees did not support this motion, leaving parents at the meeting feeling confused and disappointed. “This meeting has caused more confusion than clarification,” said Nichole McGill, who spoke at the meeting on behalf of the Devonshire Community Public School Age Program. “We don’t know what year two will look like, and this didn’t help.” McGill voiced her concerns about moving young students so early, and the impact it would have on families – including separating younger children from their older siblings. Parents with children at both schools, would have to make additional arrangements for childcare and drop-off schedules. “(This adds) more hoops for parents to jump through on already busy school days, which, in turn, means a greater reliance on the car,” McGill said in her delegation. At the meeting, the School Board passed a motion that would see bussing provided between the two schools for Devonshire students attending Connaught and enrolled in the Devonshire Before and After school program.

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On behalf of parents of JK students currently attending the Connaught Kindergarten Program, Christina Benedict voiced concerns over daycare spots. She questioned whether there would be a daycare loss in the neighbourhood when Devonshire’s JK students move to Connaught next year. Trustees voted in favour of the half-day daycare program at Connaught being guaranteed to continue for the 2013-14 school year. “On behalf of our group, we’re happy (it) passed because daycare spots are guaranteed for next year,” Benedict said. Kelly Serjeantson spoke on behalf of the Devonshire Community P.S. Council. While the motion failed at the meeting, Serjeantson said the council’s preferred option was for older students from both schools to attend Fisher Park one year early. “We recognize that this option would be the least costly and least disruptive, as these students would be transitioning to their next school one year early,” she said. Geri Moss-Norbury spoke on behalf of the Elmdale P. S. Council. She expressed concerns about moving Elmdale students from their school and supported the trustees’ decision to allow portables to be placed at Elmdale Public School if “absolutely necessary.” However, she said there is plenty of space at the school to accommodate students for the 2013-14 school year. “We have large classrooms,” MossNorbury said. “We believe existing space within the school can be configured without additional portables.”

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Tega tower still “unacceptable” Height, traffic key issues By Kristy Strauss

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Westboro runner and pedorthist shares injury prevention expertise with top-level athletes is a lot of pressure to just get through the next race, For many people, ‘runor you’ll be replaced by ning’ and ‘holiday’ are someone else.” not words used in the An elite athlete himself – same sentence. But for Grant has a sub 30-minute Ryan Grant, a recent 10K to his name and 10 three week trip to finishes in Ironman Ethiopia offered a perfect triathalons – Kitchissippi is chance to combine his where he runs, lives and Ryan Grant brings Ethiopian passions: helping others, works (Grant co-owns sunshine back to the snowy running and adventure. Solefit on Roosevelt Avenue streets of Westboro. Grant is a certified with his sister and lives a Photo by Kathleen Wilker pedorthist – he helps to short walk from work). find and address the root causes of foot “Kitchissippi is such an active problems or injuries. He volunteered his community, there are so many great spaces skills to runners at YaYa Village, a high- to be outside and active.” altitude training facility for local and Grant is known for his knowledge of international endurance athletes. There minimalist running – which can include Grant worked with elite runners like running barefoot (though he doesn’t Markos Geneti, a favourite for the 2013 recommend it for everyone). But he is best Boston Marathon, along with lesser known for his commitment to people. known emerging talent in the country that “Grant is one of the kindest, most now rivals Kenya for top runners. generous people you could ever meet,” “It was a chance to help athletes who says friend and colleague Ian Fraser of don’t get enough support on injury Cyclelogik. “He is passionate about prevention or finding long term solutions helping others reach their goals in running to injuries,” Grant explains. “With so and other sports.” many great runners waiting in line, there Continued on page 11 By Bridget Mallon

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Ryan Grant takes to the high altitude trails in the YaYa Village. Photo provided by Ryan Grant

Continued from page 10 Inspired by Grant’s time in Ethiopia, Solefit is now sponsoring the YaYa Girls Running Program, which provides scholarships to promising young runners. With world class coaching, a few YaYa Girls will have a career in running. But the program also prepares the girls for life outside running with English tutoring, lessons on health and nutrition, and vocational training. “This kind of program is so important in a country with such an intense running culture. Many kids see the success of elite runners and see it as a way out of poverty – to the point where they quit school to try to run professionally. These girls can change that, because they go back to their communities as role models and

mentors,” says Grant. Aside from helping the athletes, trip highlights include group runs through fields and mountain trails: “There are few roads or paved surfaces. And there’s no concept of private land – you just run around people’s huts.” Not a coffee lover by nature, Grant came to enjoy the locally grown beans that are brewed in clay pots over hot coals. He also had breakfast with YaYa co-founder Haile Gebreseallaasie (holder of 27 World Records, two Olympic gold medals, and a pile of marathon titles) who explains the secrets behind the success of his country’s runners. Laughing, Grant spills the goods: “‘There are no secrets!’ Haile told me, ‘It’s just hard work!’”

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Beautiful bowls of Stone Soup Pairing Connaught’s students and local restaurants

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Text and photos by Judith van Berkom

Connaught Public School’s 8th Stone Soup event on March 6 raised funds for the Parkdale Food Centre. Students from all grades painted over 100 bowls for the occasion. Five dollars paid for a hand-painted bowl, soup and fresh breads donated by local restaurants. Geraldine Saunders, Co-Chair of the Parent Cwouncil, explained that the painting of bowls taught the students “the value of giving and created a sense of community responsibility.”

of providing healthy choices! Trish Pearson, Co-Chair of the Parents’ Council, came with her daughter, Kayla and son, Ethan. Pearson supervised the students’ bowl painting. “All the kids wanted to find their own bowls, but some of them were already sold. Kids appreciate knowing that the money raised will be donated to the Food Bank.”

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Carlo, Lisa and Olivia Di Felice from Spadina Street were amazed at the turnout. “I grew up on Viscount in Hintonburg back when it was a tough place to live,” said Carlo Di Felice.

Amy Hannah (right), who is in her first year as Principal at Connaught was “impressed with the number of people who came out.” Parkdale Food Centre Board Chair, Don Flynn (left), was also in attendance.

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People-powered energy Consumption reboot in action Text and photos by Denise Deby

Adam Frey knows energy. The Hintonburg resident works for a solar power company. He also blogs at greeningwithgratitude.ca about how he’s cut back his electricity and gas consumption and invested the savings—about $8000 over two years—in his own and others’ green initiatives. Always interested in expanding his green knowledge and commitment, Frey was one of about 15 people who came out to a Get Energy Smart workshop organized by community group Sustainable Living Ottawa West (SLOWest) and environmental charity Tucker House on February 24 at MEC. Frey, who learned about SLOWest after moving to Ottawa from Alberta last year, is also participating in SLOWest’s Neighbourhood Energy Competition. The friendly competition pits Hintonburg, Champlain Park, Westboro and other neighbourhoods against each other to see which can save the most energy. Residents sign up with an online service, SwitchHop, to track their energy use and compare their savings with other households. “SwitchHop allowed me to see my use hour-by-hour and it would be available the next day,” says Frey. It’s helped him find and fix problems like a leaky fridge door and he’s already convinced two neighbours to join in. Susan Kehoe, also at the Get Energy Smart workshop, says she’s doing a lot to keep energy consumption low at her Highland Park home, but learned some useful information. Kehoe’s been involved with SLOWest’s gardening projects, but joined the Neighbourhood Energy Competition last fall to get a better picture

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of her energy use. “When I started, I was amazed at how much I used. And then the next month I did see a decline, so I felt encouraged by that,” says Kehoe. Jane Lindsay of Westboro has been involved with SLOWest since its early days, but says she’s recently gotten passionate about its energy initiatives. She notes that small changes alone won’t achieve sustainability, “but they’re a start. They’re practical and they’re real.” Lindsay is helping spread the word about the energy competition to local churches, community groups and neighbours. “I’m hoping that they will go into the competition, but even if they don’t, I think the more people connect with other people in real living environments, the more we’re thoughtful about our resource use.” Mechanicsville resident and SLOWest energy organizer Cristina Popa sees the energy competition as a good way to build community. “The competition makes you aware of your energy consumption levels,” says Popa. “Plus it’s fun, because you’re competing with others.” It’s caused her to use electricity outside of peak times more often, keep her water heater turned down and switch to LED lights and power bars. “We’re doing our budgets a favour, but also the environment,” explains Popa. The Neighbourhood Energy Competition will continue past its original February 1 closing date, to give more people a chance to participate. SLOWest’s Learning Series, which began with the Get Energy Smart session, is also ongoing, with workshops on money management on March 21 and socially responsible investing in April.

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A. Cats are really neat creatures. They are carnivores, but they do seem to enjoy munching a bit of “salad” from time to time. You can go so far as to grow “cat grass” for them in small pots. (I mention this from a purely theoretical standpoint since my failures with houseplants are well-known in my family). There are several plants, however, where this type of grazing would Dr. Saye Clement be dangerous. It’s a timely season to discuss it with Easter (and spring!) fast Carling approaching. Many kinds of lilies (including Easter lilies, Stargazer lilies and Day lilies) are Animal Hospital very toxic to cats. (As an aside, dogs seem to be unaffected by this particular 2268 Carling Ave plant, but keep them away from the chocolate bunnies!). Lilies can cause sud613-725-3439 www.carlinganimalhospital.com den kidney failure and death in cats. The other worrisome issue with this plant www.carlingvet.mobi is that cats have to eat only minimal quantities to be very severely affected. Even a mouthful or two of ANY part of the plant can be fatal. Cats have been known to die after they have groomed the pollen of these plants from their coat. If your cat eats a lily, do not wait to see if they get sick. Call a vet right away (and if this happens overnight, please call one of the hospitals which remain open overnight to care for pets)! Lily ingestion can be treated, but time is of the essence! The sooner aggressive treatment is commenced (preferably within minutes to an hour or two), the better your cat’s odds of survival. Signs of kidney disease often do not show up for at least a few hours (or longer!) and can include loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy. There are many other plants which can have toxic effects in pets. In general, these usually translate into stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea. That being said, my favourite reference on this topic is the website ( www.aspca.org/petcare/poison-control/plants ) hosted by the Animal Poison Control Centre (affiliated with the ASPCA). This page includes an in depth listing of toxic plants (both in the garden and in the house) and includes photographs of many of the plants (if, like me, you wouldn’t know a Dieffenbachia if you tripped over one). There is a link to this site from our hospital webpage ( www.carlinganimalhospital.com ), feel free to check it out.


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Koensgen for The Players’ Advice to Shakespeare with New Theatre of Ottawa. Finally, two Kitchissippi actors have been nominated forOutstanding Female and Outstanding Male performance. Margo MacDonald in Fly Me to the Moon and Paul Rainville in The Secret Mask. Both plays ran at the GCTC. Kitchissippi’s newest micro-neighbourhood is born in song, food March 1-3 saw Wellington St. West, from Fairmont to its transformation into Somerset St. West come alive with music, Continued on page 17

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Kitchissippi Times Continued from page 16 Mural celebrates school community Every student at Connaught P.S. helped paint the bright mural that graces the school’s entranceway. With artistic and practical leadership from MASK artist Nicole Belanger, the school created a stunning work of art that shows the diversity of students who attend Connaught, celebrates school values like the student organic garden

Chloe Deschenes, a grade six student who worked on the mountains, lettering, sun and leaves said “it was fun” to work on the mural. Photo by Kathleen Wilker

Keturah Johnson of Hintonburg enchanted a crowd of family, friends and brand new fans at Hintonburg Public House on solo guitar. This singer-songwriter’s songs can be heard at music.cbc.ca/artists/keturah Photo by Ted Simpson

food and fans at restaurants and bistros along the strip dubbed “Wellington End.” Ottawa Morning goes to Parkdale United Church In a new four-part community feature, CBC Ottawa Morning’s host, Robyn Bresnahan, will ‘trade’ jobs with key community leaders. Her first exchange is with Rev. Anthony Bailey of Parkdale United Church, on March 10. On March 15, Rev. Bailey will host Ottawa Morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Before she took the pulpit, Robyn Bresnahan said “I’m excited and a little nervous. I’m a godmother to three kids, so I’ve taken part in baptisms before.” Bresnahan explained that she’s going to be asking Bailey for tips on preparing and delivering a good sermon and she’s “definitely” sticking around for juice and cookies after the service. When asked if she sees any similarities between the role of the church and the role of CBC in the community, Bresnahan thought the similarity would be in “the way you make people feel.” She explained, “I’m waking people up every morning. And I do that with a sense of optimism. You can be tackling difficult subjects (on the show) but you’re setting the tone for how people go about their day. Anthony Bailey is setting the tone for the congregation. And maybe for him the tone would be hope.”

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winter, she will sometimes eat my houseplants - is that OK?

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